I'm surprised this news hasn't made it to PPRuNe as yet.
A "cowboy" unlicensed pilot who flew his unregistered ultralight aircraft to a busy airport without landing clearance in order to catch a commercial flight has been fined $17,500.
Kenneth William Acton, 52, pleaded guilty in Cairns Magistrates Court to multiple counts of flying unlicensed and unregistered over a three month period in 2007.
The majority of the offences were at isolated locations, generally landing at private properties across far north and northwest Queensland.
The court heard the most serious offence occurred on July 3, 2007, when Acton used a public road at Gordonvale, south of Cairns, to fly to Cairns Airport where he was due to depart on a commercial flight.
The Charters Towers man landed at the airport without approval, in the process delaying one aircraft about to take off and another preparing to land.
Magistrate Joe Pinder said while there was no evidence of any flaws in Acton's flying skills, his actions had put other aircraft and the public at risk.
"You are nothing short of a cowboy," he said.
He fined Acton $17,500 to be paid within 12 months.
Mr Bovey said his client (Acton), a mechanic, ran a boarding house for miners at Charters Towers which had been hit hard by the financial crisis, and was in the process of setting up a mechanical workshop in the town.
Similar thing happened at YPJT . A guy flew into JT in his 182 . No radio , did not adhear to GAAP procedures, No idea of CCT TFC ect . Taxied upto a flying school and asked for a Pilot license. Sure they said we have a 172, 152 .... No no no he says i have my own plane its right out there a 182 When quized how it got here the schools staff nearly fell over !!! When they told him that you can't fly around willy nilly without a license and without knowing the rules, he scoffed got in his plane and took off with no regard to procedures or other traffic!
Heard second hand but im sure someone else out there knows of the story ...
Even if the truth is stretched a little those kinds of stories make for good reading.
I'm aware of one (truth or story I don't know) a while back where an elderly gent flew down from QLD to Albury but missed Albury and set his sights on Tullamarine once the cloud cleared thinking that it was Albury. He proceeded to join for a circuit after they hurriedly re-directed everything around him with no radio calls. He probably just thought the Albury tower was closed and wondered why he could hear circuit traffic at Melton on the same frequency.
I dont know that story inparticular, but I have a similar one. When I was instructing, I had a student from the outback rock up wanting to do a PPL. He had just purchased an aircraft that he was going to use for mustering and other station duties. Well as a typical intstructor I said "mate your a natural. Been spending a bit of time on flight sim have you?". His response flawed me.
"Nah mate, been flying for about 13 years". I asked him out of curiousity's sake why bother now, and he claimed it is now his aircraft and the insurance company required him to be licensed
I remember being in a flying school at Moorabbin when a guy flew in in the dark (pitch black) and enquired about getting a night rating. The lovely female instructor commented on him having just flown in and asked what his landing was like. He replied "bumpy."
I have heard one about a bloke who used to fly out of Moruya. Apparently he flew with the RAF or RAAF during the war. After the war he apparently refused to get a civilian licence and contiued flying his own aircraft, often 'boucing' other pilots out of the sun! He is said to have died in the 1980s.
.................you don't need to be licensed to be a pilot but you need to be a pilot to be licensed! I see Harry Houdini is being celebrated next March (2010) right here in Vic (Diggers Rest) for being the first man to pilot a heavier than air craft here from Aussie soil (well I think he was but am willing to be corrected). Did he have a license? ..................nope but he had the "right stuff"
I;d say there are many 'pilot's out there in our outback that have had little to no formal flying training. It's not difficult to learn to fly the difficulty is to stay alive whilst doing it